Petite and blonde, actress Kiele Sanchez possessed a likeability factor that made her a favorite of television casting directors. Generally typecast as the sweet, pretty girl, Sanchez's roles included...
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The Purge: Anarchy has more ideas than you might expect. But it also has more ideas than it knows what to do with.
Somewhere in the cobbled mess of the second Purge movie to get the green light, there are discussions about class warfare and the oppression of the impoverished. There is even a somewhat earnest attempt to access the psychology of a killer — to tap into what might make an ordinary joe stand up and purge his heart out once a year. There are dissections of the morality behind purging. Is it okay if it's for revenge? Is it okay if it's to level the playing field? Is it okay if we're turning the hounds back on those who released them? Is it ever okay? Lots of questions at bay in The Purge. Lots of ideas.
Unfortunately, none of them are given the attention that they need to blossom into anything truly interesting. Instead, that attention goes (unsurprisingly) to the brutality and tension that spans the length of the movie. As three sets of Purge Night victims (a mother and daughter whose financial distresses are obstinately spelled out at the forefront of the story, an uppity young married couple on the brink of separation, and a well-armed man of mysterious intentions) band together in a feat of survival, we witness efforts so grim and vile that they're inclined to turn a sane viewer off of violent movies for the foreseeable future.
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But we're not quite sure if that's what The Purge: Anarchy wants, opting ultimately for the cathartic joys of the shoot-'em-up climax on which any number of nihilistic blockbusters have relied. In the wake of this incongruity — tapping into the disparate messages of striking back against the tyrannical rich, but also finding compassion and rejecting the urge to purge — we have no idea what The Purge wants us to take away. And that leaves us assuming that it doesn't really want us to take away anything.
So, we're left with the bare bones: 100 minutes of upsetting violence, paper-thin characters, grotesque cinematography, and laughable dialogue. If we can't hang our hats on the occasional interesting point it tries to bring up, we don't have a great deal remaining.
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The Friday Night Lights star exchanged vows with his partner on Saturday (29Dec12), according to website Zap2It.com.
No details are known about the ceremony, but Gilford revealed earlier this year (12) the couple was planning an enchanting wedding, telling E! News, "We found a magical, magical place to get married and I'm excited. It is going to be cool."
Gilford and Sanchez began dating after they appeared together in 2010 TV movie Matadors.
The Friday Night Lights star, who plays Matt Saracen in the American TV series, started dating the Lost star after they appeared together in 2010 pilot The Matadors.
Gilford proposed to Sanchez recently, according to UsMagazine.com, and a source tells the publication, "They are both very happy."
Sanchez was previously married to filmmaker Zach Helm.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Cliff and Cydney are happy newlyweds headed to Hawaii for a quiet honeymoon on a remote portion of the island of Kauai. Their marital bliss is abruptly interrupted however when they receive word that just a few days prior a pair of newlyweds not unlike themselves were murdered on Maui and that the killers believed to be a man and a woman were still at large.
Dismayed by the unsettling news Cliff and Cydney nonetheless resolve to move forward with their honeymoon but start to become anxious when they encounter not one but two exceedingly strange couples each of whom seemingly fit the profile of the killers. Miles away from civilization unable to get a decent cell phone signal and seemingly surrounded by possible murderers they begin to wonder if they might be the next victims.
WHO’S IN IT?
Playing the part of Cliff is Steve Zahn a prolific character actor best known for supporting roles in films like Rescue Dawn and Sunshine Cleaning. As a jittery Hollywood screenwriter who too often lets his overactive imagination get the best of him Zahn’s performance is the most credible aspect of the movie. In the role of his wife Cydney is Resident Evil series star Milla Jovovich demonstrating how truly unremarkable she can be when not cast opposite expressionless zombies.
Despite being saddled with most of the film’s worst lines Hitman star Timothy Olyphant proves convincing as Nick a wild-eyed survivalist who claims to have served as an army special forces operative in Iraq. Laying it on a little too thick with the fake Southern accent is Kiele Sanchez who plays Nick’s equally suspicious girlfriend.
Director David Twohy (Pitch Black The Chronicles of Riddick) makes an earnest attempt at crafting a modern-day murder mystery and for the most part he does a commendable job of messing with audience expectations setting the stage for a major second-act plot twist that proves every bit as surprising as advertised.
Twohy is one of the more likable Hollywood directors and it’s good to see him back from the dead after the Riddick disaster set fire to his career. Unfortunately he falls headlong into the M. Night Shyamalan trap with A Perfect Getaway focusing too much on pulling off the big twist and forsaking just about every other element of the movie. To be fair Twohy’s film isn’t nearly as dreadful as Shyamalan’s recent Razzie-amassing efforts like The Happening and Lady in the Water but its deficiencies are similarly multifaceted. Awkward dialogue mediocre performances by Jovovich and Sanchez and an excessively aimless pre-twist plotline are just a few of the problems that plague the movie.
But my biggest gripe with A Perfect Getaway is that Twohy fills the story with so many seemingly important plot devices which end up going nowhere that the film could very well be re-titled Red Herring: The Movie. At a certain point you throw up your hands and ask “Well then is any of this s--t real?” And the answer is: No probably not. But isn’t Kauai beautiful?
Admittedly the twist is pretty darn clever. Too bad we have to wait over an hour to see it.
The climax features an excruciating scene in which a key character’s cell phone previously assumed to be out of service receives a sales call from an Indian-accented telemarketer. Rather than simply hang up and dial 911 the character pleads with the befuddled phone company rep to alert the police with predictable lack of success. All this while a deranged killer stalks the vicinity. Characters that stupid deserve to die.
Cast in the short-lived drama series "That Was Then" (ABC)
Joined the cast of "Lost" (ABC) in its third season as Nikki
Made film debut as a Pepper Spray Cutie in "Stuck on You"
Had a recurring role on "Samantha Who?" (ABC)
Cast opposite Breckin Meyer in the short-lived series "Married to the Kellys" (ABC)
Co-starred in the horror film "A Perfect Getaway"
Played the second-eldest Sorelli sister in the short-lived series "Related" (The WB)
Selected as one of the five finalists for MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ" contest
Appeared in "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"; written and directed by husband Zach Helm
Petite and blonde, actress Kiele Sanchez possessed a likeability factor that made her a favorite of television casting directors. Generally typecast as the sweet, pretty girl, Sanchez's roles included a stint as Anne Sorrelli, the empathetic therapist and second eldest of four sisters on the WB series "Related" (2005-06) and the wholesome Midwestern wife on the sitcom "Married to the Kelly's" (ABC 2003-04). Both series were short lived, but in 2006 she went with a sure thing. Rather than tackling a new, untested pilot, Sanchez made a wise move to the established mega-hit series, "Lost" (ABC 2004- ), taking on the role of Nikki on the addictive thriller, and in the process, receiving her fair share of publicity as a bonus.